Canada Soon To Offer All Women Free Contraception.

Image: Wikimedia commons. This postcard from about 1900 shows that issues of contraception have been a hot topic for a very long time.
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The Canadian government announced on Saturday that it will soon cover the full cost of common contraceptives for women –including intrauterine devices (IUDs), contraceptive pills and hormonal implants – as part of a major health care reform that ensures that cost never gets in the way of desired contraception.

This was announced in a tweet published by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on the social platform X, previously known as Twitter.


Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, highlighted the financial cost of contraceptives as one of the largest barriers to access, and said that the federal government’s universal pharmacare plan would aim to lower that bar for more than nine million Canadian women, whether for reasons of family planning or medical treatment.

Canada now joins the United Kingdom, Ireland and France as jurisdictions providing free access to prescription birth control, and, elsewhere in the British Commonwealth, consideration is being given to the idea in Australia, too.

Danielle Mazza, head of general practice at Australia’s Monash University and director of the Sphere Centre of Research Excellence in women’s sexual and reproductive health, works closely with colleagues in Canada and has been looking on “enviously” as they’ve rolled out changes.

“What they’ve managed to do in Canada is make a very strong economic argument around free contraception,” she told an Australian TV channel.

Mazza explained that Australia and Canada have very similar healthcare systems, with family physicians playing a large role in contraceptive provisions – and said Australia should “absolutely” be following Canada’s lead on the issue.

“Women in Australia, not only do they have to pay for the contraceptive product but they also have to pay for the consultations associated, and the insertion procedures that are required for those intrauterine devices.”
Source: SBS TV.
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